MADISON, NJ - On Monday April 3, 2017 at approximately 6:10 pm Madison first responders jumped into action when a citizen opened the front door to the Public Safety Building screaming for help.

Police Officers ran to the front of the building not knowing what the actual emergency was at the time. They immediately encountered an unconscious bleeding male lying on the ground with facial trauma directly in front of the Public Safety Building located at 62 Kings Road. Sergeant James Cavezza; Sergeant Sean Plumstead and Detective Paul Papamarkos immediately assessed the patient and called for an ambulance and paramedics.

While assessing the patient, he stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. Officers Travis Daniel, Corporal Luis Goncalves and Madison Volunteer Ambulance personnel Patricia Gaburo, James Wynn and Paul Rodgers initiated CPR and ultimately delivered two shocks from a police department AED.

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A short while later Madison Fire Department Firefighters Kevin Williams and David Carey arrived and joined in the life preserving efforts. The 22 year old patient then regained a heartbeat and started to breathe on his own. Atlantic Health Care Paramedics Kathy O’Shea and Rich Alexander arrived and provided advance life support to the patient and he was transported to Morristown Medical Center by Madison Ambulance. 

Chief Dachisen credits the team effort by all of Madison’s first responders with saving a life. “Madison is very lucky to have such professional first responders who act in unison when one of our citizens is in need. Police, Fire and EMS did an outstanding job and the patient has another chance at life. This could have been a tragic story if the medical episode occurred where no one witnessed it”.